Michele and I are happy to announce the arrival of baby Ian Matthew Bates. After much anticipation, Ian FINALLY arrived on Friday night at 7:14pm, weighing in a whopping 8 lbs 6 oz, and 21" tall.
Despite a long 9 hour labor, we were relieved and excited to have had an uneventful and routinedelivery, especially considering how stressful and scary the first two deliveries were. We almostfelt like first time parents again, finally having the chance to cut the umbilical cord, giving baby's first bath, having the Ian spend most of his time in Michele's room vs. the NICU, and leaving the hospital in about 48 hours from first arriving, opposed to our normal one or two weeks. It was a welcome change from our previous two experiences.
Now comes the big challenge, learning to survive with three little boys and sleepless nights. Figuring out how to go fromman-to-man defense to zone defense. Zach and Tanner are so excited for their new little brother, so excited in fact that we may have to hire security for Ian. They adore him and already ask how soon before they can play with him outside.
Thanks again for all of your support and well wishes. We are doing great, and I look forward to having this next week off to help around the house and spend time with "My Three Sons"...and Michele.